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Types Of Fish For Aquaponics

Ok, so there might not be a “best” type of fish to use in aquaponics but there are certainly some common types that are popular.

-    Barramundi: You will find many people growing barramundi during the spring and winter as they’re more prone to the warm weather. Using barramundi in your aquaponic system will give you a very clean fresh taste. They are a very popular choice and are really easy to harvest.

-   Catfish: You’ve probably made a practice of buying catfish from the grocery store or from restaurants but you haven’t had great catfish until you’ve grown your own organic catfish in your aquaponic system. There are several types of different catfish available but one of the most popular types used in aquaponics is the channel catfish. People like catfish because they grow faster than other species of fish and give you a great bang for your buck!

-   Carp: Carp is one of the most commonly eaten fish throughout the entire world. The problem with carp is that they’re a little difficult to get. It’s not recommended that you mix carp in the same fish tank as your other species of fish as they have a reputation of being noxious in some respects. But certain species of carp are great for aquaponics and you’ll definitely see a decent amount of setups that harvest them.

-   Jade Perch: Jade perch is notorious in Australia. For health purposes, the perch is absolutely amazing because it’s packed with omega 3 oils which are great for you. Some people who raise jade perch in their commercial aquaponics system actually try to make them less oily for people who would rather not have such an oily fish. They are omnivores and live in warm water. Jade perch are a great choice for any aquaponic system.

-   Trout: These fish are great for people in cooler areas. They can grow really fast and convert food very well. You will find trout in many aquaponic setups because they are perfect for this type of environment.

-   Goldfish: Goldfish are very popular amongst commercial aquaponic users. They can be sold to pet shops for a nice profit and if they breed you can easily turn them over quickly. It’s definitely nice to have some goldfish in your aquaponic setup.

-   Silver Perch: The silver perch is a very reliable type of fish that is easy to maintain which makes them great for people just getting into aquaponics. A great benefit of silver perch is that they can thrive in almost any temperature so they are seen as a very versatile fish. They don’t grow as quick as some other species however. It can take about a year to a year and a half for them to get full size.

-   Murray Cod: This is another popular Australian fish that can grow to be very large. As far as utilizing them in aquaponics and fish tanks, they are a growing trend. They are very popular in aquaculture and fish farming and have found their way into many aquaponic systems recently. They grow very rapidly but you have to make sure you are feeding them regularly because they have a tendency to eat each other. So you have to be careful with this species.

-   Koi: Koi is a type of carp fish. You may know that they are extremely popular in Asia and many people make Koi ponds specifically for this fish. They are great for aquaponics so if you love Koi, you can definitely incorporate them in your setup.

-   Tilapia:This is another very popular type of fish all around the world. Many restaurants use them and they are very popular amongst bodybuilders and health enthusiasts that

14 Responses to Types Of Fish For Aquaponics

  • What about bass and bluegill? Their pretty popular for stock ponds, any reason they wouldn't do well for aquaponics?

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    • Hey Stephen, some folks have experimented with bass and bluegill. Bluegill have done better than bass, but can still be difficult to culture. I would recommend tilapia, catfish, common carp, Koi or goldfish to start.

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  • Our long winters--3 to 4 months with temperatures usually in the -5 F to 40 F range, leave me thinking that an aquaponics system would need cover and some heating to be successful here? LaVere Provo Utah

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  • Where do the fish 'starters' come from? Are you raising fish too? Where do you get them when no one has food to get rid of?

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  • Yes please, where do you get the fish to start? Won't be able to get this system til I can figure that out.

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  • Most farmer's co-ops have a fish day in the spring or summer. You can order ahead of the delivery date and pay for them when they arrive. That's how I originally stocked my farm pond. Fingerling fish are not very expensive.

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  • How many fish per gallon of water can you raise in a system like this?

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  • Hello, I am wondering if any electricity is required for this set up - for example- to power a pump - and if so , how would this system sustain itself if the power grid went out?

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    • You could do a solar set up. Something that will be relatively cheap would be a set up from harbor freight. If all your powering is a few pumps.
      I plan to do an indoor aquaponics set up in my basement when we move and plan to run all of it through a few small solar panels.

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  • Thanks for the tip. I went on the Harbor Freight website and it looks like they have some very good deals on solar panels.

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  • What about mixing the fish types? I'd like to do 2, or even 3 different types of fish. Is this feasible?

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  • I had no idea you could raise cod, that is fantastic news, I prefer cod to any of the other fish types, mush more versatile for cooking (for me anyway).

    And Harbor Freight does have great specials all the time for solar panels.... always good to buy when ever possible.

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  • I have koi for my aquaponics system. They are great for the job, so to speak and are really hardy and easy to take care. Tilapia is good too. Delicious fish and grows readily.

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  • Cod sounds great but I am not yet ready to eat my pet gold fish.

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